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Billy Butler, Royals agree to new deal

Updated: January 23, 2011, 8:44 AM ET
Associated Press

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The Kansas City Royals and first baseman Billy Butler agreed to a $30 million, four-year contract Saturday, avoiding arbitration.

Butler was the Royals' player of the year the past two seasons and was the team's only remaining arbitration-eligible player. The agreement includes a club option for the 2015 season.

"There aren't a lot of high-quality right-handed bats out there and when you have one you want to hold on to him," general manager Dayton Moore ...

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